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NASCAR's most valuable teams

Team, Value (in millions), Comparison

1. Hendrick Motorsports, $335, What OK Hockey paid for the Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5.5 acres, with $135-million left to sign Vinny Lecavalier long term and splurge on some free agents.

2. Roush Fenway Racing, $313, $503-million less valuable than partner John Henry's Red Sox, but respectable.

3. Joe Gibbs Racing, $184, $1.316-billion less than the value of the Washington Redskins team he used to coach.

4. Gillett Evernham Motorsports, $150, Owner George Gillett Jr. made $269-million from his Liverpool United soccer team last year.

5. Richard Childress Racing, $130, Dale Earnhardt, who won six Sprint Cup titles at RCR, made just more than $42-million in purse earnings in 27 seasons.

6. Dale Earnhardt Inc., $109, Deposed stand-bearer Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned $31-million last season.

7. Penske Racing, $100, Roger Penske, right, is worth about $2-billion. He could leave his race team as a tip.

8. Chip Ganassi Racing, $94, Chasing rival Penske in the ledger, too.

9. Michael Waltrip Racing, $86, Investor Robert Kauffman provided much stability.

10. Yates Racing, $74, Cleveland Indians payroll: $79-million.

11. Red Bull Racing Team, $54, The approximate cost of 27-million cans of the energy drink.

12. Petty Enterprises, $44, Founder Richard Petty has a record 200 wins and earned just $8.5-million on-track in 35 seasons.

13. Haas CNC Racing, $41, Same as the record auction cost for Le Pont du chemin de fer a Argenteuil by French impressionist Claude Monet this year.

14. Bill Davis Racing, $36, Loss of Caterpillar as sponsor to RCR hurts.

15. Robby Gordon Motorsports, $28, Alex Rodriguez will earn the same amount from the Yankees this season.

Source: Forbes.com

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NASCAR's most valuable teams 06/20/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:08am]

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